My wife, my two sons and I live in the middle of farming country - lots of fruit trees and hay fields. It’s very beautiful, and while I would rather live in a big city, country life does have it’s perks. I can stand in the front yard and take a whiz and nobody can see me. I can crank up the Stevie Ray Vaughn until the windows shake and my ears bleed and nobody can stop me. I can change the oil in the driveway and nobody cares.
Problem is my worthless, hillbilly piece-of-shit neighbors. The property is a flophouse, with at least two generations living there along with several friends of the family and numerous loud dogs. Despite being employed and holding down good-paying jobs, the whole lot decided a couple of years ago to go into the pot growing business. So now they have a large field behind their house full of these nasty shurbs. There is nearly constant flow of traffic to and from the house (they have happily told me they sell pills on the side), and lots of noise at night. The younger son is violent, with a history of assault and has threatened me more than once, both times because he didn’t like the way I landscaped my yard.
My wife and I have been talking about moving for years, but it’s come down to the fact we have no choice. Our neighbors are too fucking crazy, and I worry about my kids. Trouble is we don’t have the money to do so. The rent on this place is dirt cheap because the owners don’t want to sell it at a loss so have asked us to basically be caretakers until the market rebounds enough that they can make a profit. So I have to find a cheap house, which isn’t easy, and likely use student loan money to pay for the move. I hate moving. My kids like their house. I like my house. But I refuse to live next to a bunch of psychotic drug dealers any longer. The next two or three months will be extremely stressful.
I also found out recently that a cousin of mine is a total wing nut: every extreme right wing conspiracy theory that’s out there, he believes every word. He’s a birther. Obama is a commie secretly bent on destroying the county and selling it North Korea. John Robers should be tried for treason. Hannity and Breitbart are (or was) pillars of society and the only trustworthy people in the news. Gays should be stripped of all civil liberties. Islam should be outlawed, practitioners should be exiled from the country and Christianity forced on all U.S. citizens.
This sucks because he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Caring and compassionate, always polite. However, once the Republican primaries started heating up, he began littering his FB wall with extremely fanatical right-wing garbage. Quite sad.